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Old 26 May 2004, 10:34   #1
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footholds? yay or nay?

How do you we rate foot hold oh here guys? - a big no or yes there good -
boat is a 4metre searider with 2 person console - thanks
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Old 26 May 2004, 10:35   #2
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On the 5 metre I used to drive they were a godsend in the rough.
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Old 26 May 2004, 10:45   #3
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Yes very good, used to use on 5.4 Searider in some very 'interesting' conditions and now with my Ribcraft. You don't have to use them, but you can't use them if there not fitted!

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Old 26 May 2004, 10:48   #4
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we were out in some rough stuff on saturday in my 8.1M. footstraps were invaluable. They have only just been fitted and made life a lot easier
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Old 26 May 2004, 11:11   #5
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Where can you buy them please?

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Old 26 May 2004, 11:14   #6
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being a windsurfer myself aswell as a keen ribber - I reckon buy them from a watersports shop - u could get some really cool DA KINE about 20 - fully adjustable too
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Old 26 May 2004, 11:55   #7
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The only ones I have seen have been webbing held down by toe strap plates. Flat s/s or plastic strips to non-yotti types.
You just tread them down when not needed.
I have been told that when you have tripped over them a few times, they get removed.
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Old 26 May 2004, 13:05   #8
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Invaluable. I did not fit them to this boat at first but within a few days had thrown myself out of the boat... i really do feel this would not have happend with foot straps, which are now fitted.

I bought a pair of windsurf ones, about 15, adjustable and rigid. The debate for rigid vs webbing which collapses when you stand on it is a valid one. On my previous boat i sometimes found it diffacult to get my feet into the straps because they were flat on the deck - see pic, unfortunatly i don't have a pic of the windsurf board style ones.
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Old 26 May 2004, 13:07   #9
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Where can you buy them please?

Rich

Humber sell them, Toe Straps in their price list 30/pair fitted, so maybe less if not.

Ask for Sue 01482 226100

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better pic...

Don't buy 'em - visit your local sail loft or chandlers who will sell you two short lengths of webbing and use 2large penny washers and self tappers on each end (8 washers, 8 screws) + some stikaflex to seal the pilot hole in the deck.
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The debate for rigid vs webbing which collapses when you stand on it is a valid one.

The Humber Toe Straps in my rib are a type of reinforced pvc so they flatten if stood on but return to a loop immediately, so no problem putting your foot into them, nor stubbing your toe on them.

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I hate them! They never seem to be in quite the right place, and I prefer to be able to move my feet if I need to.

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John, i know you have said that before, infact i always thought it was because they were less usefull (or required) on a larger RIB. However, having done an Alderney run with Richard B on Blue Ice (7.5m) i would still say they are essential.

Opinions is opinions, however!
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Old 27 May 2004, 04:34   #14
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Thanks for all your input guys, I think im gonna go with these when the time comes, as I do have a considerly smaller boat than most of you guys

some interesting comments thanks
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I threw myself out of my rib because I didn't have footstraps. As a result i damaged my knee (ligaments ) and after a year it's mostly better but I don't have confidence in it when lifting.

My view is that at worst I would have suffered a broken ankle (which might have mended quicker) if I had toe straps and that would have fixed itself easier. The other thing is when you eject yourself at speed then it's a long way back to your boat

Fit em ...if nothing else they look cool
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Fit them

I fitted the Daniel style webbing and big washer jobs onto our DS21 and they were already fitted to blue ice. The only hassle is having big feet when some small footed so and so was the last to use 'em IMHO its not so much to prevent being thrown out but by being stable and not having to hold onto the steering wheel for grim death you are much more comfortable and in control. Also v good for your pax who dont have the steering wheel and throttle to hold onto!!
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footholds? yay or nay?
yay!! If you want to try them or just measure up how they are fitted, just shout!
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Richard B - just how many feet have you got??
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Octopus?

Hey, I never mentioned Tentacles...
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